Bridging Gaps in Development Finance: New Platforms for Frontier Markets


Anne Heyman, Philanthropist and Founder, Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village

Netanel Oded, Senior Economist, National Economic Council, Israeli Prime Minister’s Office

Eytan Stibbe, Founding Partner, Vital Capital Fund

Tally Zingher, Attorney and former Co-Founding Managing Director, MENA Investment Network

Steve Zecher, Project Director, Regional Development and Finance Research, Milken Institute Israel Center
Youthful demographics, rising productivity and changing technology in emerging and frontier markets create enormous investment opportunities but also necessitate systemic change in structuring development finance. Great creativity is required for delivering solutions and expanding the necessary systems. This is especially true in the crucial areas of energy, health, water and food. Technologies need to be customized, financed and deployed on massive scales to make a difference in the lives of the vulnerable poor. Gaps also exist in financing tools and programs, including loans, equity support, insurance and more. Bridging them will require scientific proficiency, fresh business models, smart incentive structures, the tailoring of technology to local conditions and geographic and cultural awareness. In this roundtable, we’ll discuss social and financial innovations in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia aimed at expanding growth.